The network has also canceled “Revolution” after two seasons, according to several reports, although NBC and producer Warner Bros. TV maintain a decision hasn’t been made yet.
“Hannibal” and “About a Boy” are each based on novels that were later turned into movies, but beyond that they have next to nothing in common. “Hannibal” is among the darkest dramas on network TV while “About a Boy” has a decidedly sunnier outlook.
“Hannibal’s” pickup speaks to an emerging business model for broadcast TV. Although “Hannibal” has a core of very dedicated fans, its ratings are borderline at best: This season it has averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and under 4 million viewers in Nielsen’s Live +7 ratings.
But it also does well internationally, and that success helps offset the modest returns it gets domestically.
“About a Boy,” meanwhile, has fared pretty well following “The Voice” this spring. The comedy starring David Walton, Minnie Driver and Benjamin Stockham draws a 2.5 rating and 8.7 million viewers in Live +7.
“Revolution,” meanwhile, took a hit this season after moving from Mondays after “The Voice” to leading off Wednesday nights. Although it improved that time period a little bit, ita was down significantly season to season.